With Honolulu, Microsoft is renovating Windows Server administration

Listening to the administrators of Windows Server, Microsoft has been working for a few months on its Honolulu project which it has made available to 150 users in private preversion. The Technical Preview of the administration platform will be presented on ignite in a week.

The Honolulu project has been accessible in private preversion for 5 months to some administrators. It includes a Hyperconvergé cluster administration tool. (Credit: D.R.)
The Honolulu project has been accessible in private preversion for 5 months to some administrators. It includes a Hyperconvergé cluster administration tool. (Credit: D.R.)
On its ignite conference, Microsoft will launch the Technical Preview of its Honolulu project, a graphical management solution for Windows Server, version 1709, which will also be suitable for other versions of Windows Server. The project was offered in private preversion for 5 months to approximately 150 users who brought their comments back to the publisher. Supporting both hybrid and traditional disconnected server environments, Honolulu provides a solution for the common tasks of IT administrators, through a lightweight deployment, explains Microsoft in a ticket. It is accessible from a Web browser. Familiar with the server environment is familiar with Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and they also use the PowerShell command-line interpreter to generate automation scripts. There are also graphical cloud solutions like who (Operations Management Suite) to intervene on larger-scale and hybrid environments. To support some scenarios, PowerShell is not enough, as the administrators have traced back to Microsoft. They need other graphical tools for scenarios that need to view or compare data, or to perform specific configurations or to resolve incidents. So Microsoft plans to expand its graphical tools. The Honolulu project is the next step. It will also allow partners to build on this platform an ecosystem of tools, explains the publisher of Redmond. Its deployment will be fast, without relying on the Internet. The proposed tools will be familiar and cover the usual administration tasks including incident resolution, configuration and maintenance. "Some Windows Server capabilities that were previously only managed through PowerShell will now have a graphical experience," the product team says.

A tool for administering hyperconvergés clusters

Some integration will also be possible between the tools. According to Microsoft, it will be possible to link one tool to another in a certain context, these links constituting URLs that can be launched from external sources. Among the interesting novelties brought by this Technical Preview is a hyperconvergés cluster management tool combining Hyper-V and Storage spaces Direct. It will allow you to provision and manage VMS and storage volumes and view the status of the VM. The Ignite conference will be held in Orlando from September 24th to 29th. All tickets have already been sold but the lectures will be available online from Monday 25.

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